Archive - July 2011

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Quick and Easy Photo Editing
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EEGee
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Brain Waving
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Happy Birthing Day
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Mealtime Simplicity

Quick and Easy Photo Editing

I’m always excited to find new ways to update and “techify” this blog. I recently discovered Picnik.  It offers a free, quick and easy way to edit photos and make collages.  Here’s an example below. And yes, I DID just compare my child to Cousin Itt and E.T. She has a fabulous head of hair on her doesn’t she? 

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EEGee

  With a relatively sleepless night under our belts, we headed to today’s early morning EEG appointment. The nurses were appropriately impressed by the dark shadows the little patient was wearing under her eyes like a badge of honour.    Being sufficiently sleep deprived allowed the oral sedative called Chloral Hydrate to take effect quickly. Once fully asleep, the lab technician took head measurements to map crucial attachment points for the leads and started the test. The reading took about thirty minutes.   We watched as brainwaves traveled across the monitor. Some left a smooth, even trail, while some lines were wildly jagged. The sudden flickers made me wonder, “Was that a seizure or an innocent dream?” Maybe we were witnessing memories being relived or new skills being rehearsed before our eyes?   When Avery woke up she offered groggy hugs to mummy and daddy and a raspy “Bank you” to the nurse. We’re home now cuddled in bed watching Dora and getting ready for a well deserved nap. The neurologist will read the results and give us a call.

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Brain Waving

Our beautiful daughter has Epilepsy. I refused to believe it at first, but couldn’t dispute that the squiggly lines on the electroencephalography monitor were indicative of a life threatening seizure disorder. After a year of tweaking her meds, we were thankfully able to control her seizures and Avery has been footloose and (nearly) seizure free for over a year now. Though she still has the occasional absence seizure, the BIG ONES seems to be a distant memory.   So as pediatric neurology dictates, Avery goes into hospital as an outpatient for an EEG to get a look at what’s going on in her little blonde head.   Patients must remain still and be completely relaxed for this test. Um, this patient is five and a little monkey; hence the fact that she will need to be sedated. Can they sedate me too ’cause every time she goes under I want to barf. If you ask me, there’s nothing “general” about general anesthesia. There are risks and the possibility of very real complications…especially with a medically complicated child like ours.    Alas, in order to get a proper reading she needs to be asleep. She also needs to be sleep deprived[…]

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Happy Birthing Day

At the end of the school year, our family went to the annual Fun Fair. It was the usual fair fare; games, cotton candy, raffles, a bouncy castle. There was also an inflatable tunnel. My child handed over his ticket, went in, crawled around and eventually attempted to exit. He got stuck. Somebody had to pull him out. Feet first.  And suddenly, I was transported back eight years. Oh yes, it was all coming back to me in excruciating detail. Though, I don’t recall spectators or buying tickets.

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Mealtime Simplicity

  I like to kiss my meals. Yup. Keep it simple stupid. That’s my motto. If I could just take a meal pill and forgo a full fledged dinner, I would.   Sadly pills larger than a baby aspirin make me gag. Plus I’m guessing my kids wouldn’t be thrilled with this new meal pill plan anyway.   The fact remains, I have to feed my family. They’re needy like that. So whenever I stumble across a simple recipe in a magazine I’ve stolen borrowed from the doctor’s office, I rejoice. The same goes for easy foodie blogs. I can’t get enough of them.   I recently bookmarked, The Herbed Kitchen. It’s fresh and pretty and the meals are easy and healthy. To the site’s author Joy I say, my children want to thank you for sparing them from breakfast in a capsule. They loved your Peanut Butter and Honey Oatmeal. I did too. It’s simple, healthy, yummy and not in pill form. The recipe is below. **Avery loves this power packed meal so much, she’ll often request it for dinner!

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